“It just wasn’t worth it to me,”
Kimberly got off the drugs, then decided to get her natural curves back. She got her implants removed at the beginning of the new year, but fans then got to relive it with her, as the procedure aired on Dr. Oz’s show Tuesday, Feb. 27.
“I didn’t start to feel any pain or have any issues until like a year ago and my health just started to decline,” the star told Dr. Oz. “I had seen some stories of a lot of women who were going through the same thing and it was like discoloration, it was pain in your back, it was migraines, it was super discomfort.”
“It’s like you always have this intuition when you know you might want to ignore it but I couldn’t ignore it anymore, and it just wasn’t worth it to me,” she added.
A Dark World
The singer is far from the only one to discuss her drug dependency publicly. Last year, Queen Latifah revealed that she took struggled with substance abuse.
The 47-year-old actress and singer lost her brother Lancelot Jr. at 22 years old in a tragic motorcycle incident. She felt a substantial amount of guilt because of the fact that she was the one who bought him the bike he was riding at the time. To cope, she said that she turned her back on God before spiraling out of control into the dark world of alcohol and drugs.
“That loss, man I was rocked to the core,” she said during an interview with Simple Grace magazine. “I felt guilty because I got angry at God. But you know, he loves me anyway, even though I’m no saint and I’m far from perfect.”
“Understanding that God never leaves us helped me realize my brother was in a better place. In life, you’ll go through ups and downs, but you will come back up eventually,” she continued.
The Chicago star said that she is a changed person now, and finding God again really helped her move on with her life after such a tragic loss.
“My schedule can be so full, it would be overwhelming… So I’ve come to learn the importance of staying in the moment and being present where I am,” she said. “I focus on all of life’s joyful little things like a good meal or an unexpected text from a loved one.”
The star held on to her new lease on life, even after her mother died.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to PEOPLE.
On March 21, the rapper and actress’ mother ended her battle with heart failure — a condition where the heart cannot efficiently pump blood throughout the body — following over a decade of fighting. After being diagnosed with the condition around 2004, proper medicine, a low sodium diet and a defibrillator implant allowed her more time on Earth.
Latifah says that she is “heartbroken” but finds comfort in knowing that the person who gave her “hope for life and the world” is finally resting.
“Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life,” Latifah continued in her statement. “She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over.”
The Living Single star — who resided in her mom’s New Jersey home part time, sharing caregiving responsibilities with nurses and other family members — went on to thank fans, supporters and the like for their “kindness, support and respect for [their] privacy at this time.”
“Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latifah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter,” she concluded.
On the night of her mom’s passing, Latifah shared a video of a photograph of her and the late Rita Owens. She captioned the short clip, “143.” Subsequently, fans and followers flooded the artist with love, understanding and the sincerest well-wishes, filling the comment section of the post with heart and praying emojis.
Never forget that @IAMQUEENLATIFAH's real mom, Rita Owens, played Khadijah's mom in Living Single. Owens died today after a long battle with a heart condition.
Rest In Peace Rita Owens—a New Jersey legend. pic.twitter.com/OSeP6SOjGP
— t’challa back girl (@keaux_) March 22, 2018
“Prayers for you and your entire family. God Blessed you with her to raise a beautiful talented woman, and now her work on earth is done,” wrote a fan on Instagram. “She will forever be in your spirit your soul your everyday life. Thank you for sharing that beautiful infectious smile woman..God Bless You.” Another wrote, “Sending my prayers your way. God Bless.”
“A mothers love…. such a beautiful bond. My mother is the love of my life….. so i know this pain is so deeply rooted,” a user posted. “Day by Day you shall continue to be the legacy of your beautiful ma, as her DNA flows thru you, & her spirit shines on you.”
“May God comfort you,” one fan said.
Rita Owens was a teacher by profession but played minor roles in The Cookout and The Cookout 2. More notably, she played Khadijah’s mom on the ’90s sitcom Living Single. According to her second-born though, she played no role better than the role of mom.
“I watched her come through so many things, ups and downs, hospitalizations – I mean really being in the ICU for that matter – you know, going through tough times and watching her come back and bounce back and still maintain this sense of humor, and love and drive and will,” Latifah said of Owens a few years back. “I just love her so much more, I respect her so much more. She really just gives me hope for life and the world.”